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1zu33 is an architectural studio working exclusively in the field of spatial brand communication. We make values visible in bespoke environments.

With spatial design as our native competence, we develop and implement retail concepts, scenographic experiences, and exhibition design. For our proposals we create storylines, often rooted in cultural context. We reflect brand values in our choice of objects and materials, creating a multi-sensory stage.

Project descriptions

Authentic updates advance the appreciation of nature

In the painterly village of Sierksdorf a restored, thatched roof cottage overlooks the Baltic Sea. The entrance was elevated with an open, functional wardrobe. Kitchen cabinetry, lacquered in a dark chocolate hue, was paired with terrazzo tops and an elegant brass trim. The dining and living area were designed to appreciate the ever-changing light.

Natural materials defined with aesthetic precision

Inside Zürich’s famous department store, Jelmoli, this counter is the material sister of a nearby Aesop store, both executed in cork. Three islands, two of which triangular, are topped with travertine and finished with meticulous brass details and inlays for display. Small round openings in the cork surface dispense the scent of essential oils.

Architecturally capturing the craft of scent-making

A tail of exclusive perfumes is told at Munich’s Parfums Uniques, with architectural elements representing the phases, or notes, of scents. Lighting links to top notes: immediate impression. The brass counter denotes heart notes, the body of the scent. The furniture, presenting bottles like artworks, depicts base notes, adding solidity and depth.

Balancing brutalist structures with velvety softness

Aesop's first signature store in Munich is nestled within the thriving and historically rich Luitpoldblock. The building's brutalist elements are both honoured, by a concrete counter with marble top, and balanced, with the warmth of delicate accents and vintage furnishings. Tactile tranquility envelops Aesop's distinguished dedication to wellbeing.

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